Halloween Run 2009

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Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Plans 8th Annual Halloween Bench-Bar Run for Justice for Halloween Day

CLEVELAND – Oct. 22, 2009 – The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) will host its 8th Halloween Bench-Bar Run for Justice on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. at the Galleria at Erieview. Planned in partnership with Hermes Sports & Events Cleveland, the run offers 5 mile, 5K and one mile distances and is paired with a morning of fun and family activities.

All proceeds from event registrations and sponsorships will benefit the CMBF, which funds the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) pro bono and public service programs, including the 3Rs program. The 3Rs – Rights ● Responsibilities ● Realities – is an unprecedented, award-winning program that puts nearly 500 volunteers from the Cleveland legal community into 10th grade social studies classes in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and East Cleveland City Schools to personally connect with the students, educate them about the U.S. Constitution and provide practical career counseling.

"This event is perfectly timed this year, falling on Halloween Day and the last day of Pro Bono Week," said Richard D. Manoloff, president of the CMBF. "Pro Bono Week provides an opportunity to focus on and promote the importance of pro bono activities, and to engage in specific programs. The run caps off the week by raising money to support our community outreach efforts throughout the year."

Runners and walkers are welcome and costumes are strongly encouraged on and off the course. Runner awards will be presented to top male and female runners; top runners in multiple age groups; fastest lawyer; fastest judge; and various team awards. For those not participating in the run/walk events, other activities include games, costume contests, a bouncy house, pumpkin decorating, a DJ, face-painting and the balloon creations of Flower Clown.

This event would not be possible without the support of these sponsors*: Baker Hostetler; Becker & Mishkind Co. L.P.A.; Buckley King LPA; Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP; Case Western Reserve University School of Law; The Cleveland Foundation; Davis & Young; Dottore Companies; Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; Jones Day; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL; The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; LexisNexis; McDonald Hopkins LLC; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Northeast Ohio - Association of Corporate Counsel of America; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Reminger Co. L.P.A.; Rotatori Bender Co., L.P.A.; Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co., LPA; Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.; Thinsolutions; Thompson Hine LLP; Tucker Ellis & West LLP; Ulmer & Berne LLP; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Weston Hurd LLP; Zuckerman Daiker & Lear Co., LPA; Edward Blakemore; Deborah Coleman; Kevin Donahue; David Goodman; Friends of Scott Harbottle; Diane Karpinski; Hugh McKay; Lynn Lazzaro; Rick Manoloff; Fred Wendel III; and Jeffrey G. Wyner Co., L.P.A.

For more information regarding the event, registration or sponsorship, visit www.clemetrobar.org.

About the CMBF
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation is the charitable arm and partner of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. It raises funds to support the important public outreach activities of the Association, which are organized primarily under the Justice For All umbrella. These activities include a variety of pro bono legal service, law-related education, tutoring and mentoring programs. Additionally, the CMBF assists the Association’s diversity initiatives aimed at improving the pipeline of minority students entering the legal profession. www.clemetrobar.org/Bar_Foundation/CMBF.